Topic: Psychologist specializing in Oncology Patients
I just came home from my 4th meeting with a psychologist who was recommended to me by my oncology center. At first, I resisted the idea of going to a psychologist, purely because it just felt that I had so little time that I felt well enough to go and didn't want to "waste" it doing that. While many of the topics we discuss are ones that I've mulled over in my mind over the years, she has either confirmed my conclusions or given me some new insight about which I can think further. Most of the topics are related to how I deal with people in regard to the cancer I have. After sitting out a week of chemo, I felt physically well today and could talk with her more clear-headed about my thoughts on what it would be like after this chemo is over. I have had a "taste" of what it is like to feel "okay" again and I know that I'll get back to this point and better again, even if I do go through with the last round of chemo (assuming my blood counts are okay and I do expect them to be back up). Our conversations have really been all over the place and at first, I was wondering what these talks were going to ever actually accomplish except take up time.....but I had to remind myself that therapy takes time...whether physical or mental. Fortunately, our insurance pays for these sessions...at least through this year....and I will continue to go to meet with the psychologist, but eventually maybe once a month, or circumstances arise over time....like the two weeks before scans, or other issues maybe even not related to my CC.